UCA Conducts Teacher Development Sessions
The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Education Improvement Programme (EIP) conducted professional development sessions for 59 teachers from English and Russian medium schools in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan from June 13-21 at UCA’s Naryn campus.
“We were placed in mixed subject groups for the first few days, and even though we were from different countries and regions, we shared our experiences and worked in teams to foster our own and each other’s learning,” said Osuipa Baikova from Taldy Suu Village in At-Bashy (Kyrgyzstan).
The programme covered topics including state standards and competencies, curricula in the 21st century, unit planning, use and development of cooperative learning strategies, performance assessments, as well as sessions and activities specific to English, math, chemistry, and physics competencies.
“Unlike other professional development courses, this programme not only focused on theory, but also provided us with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills in our subject areas, share our plans, practice teaching and receive constructive feedback,” emphasised Arai Urina, from Kundakbayev School in Koksu (Kazakhstan).
A second professional development session on Competency-Based Education was also conducted from June 22-28 for 55 teachers teaching in UCA’s EIP schools offering instruction in Kyrgyz language. Participants were taught by EIP staff and faculty from Kyrgyz State Universities, in collaboration with EIP. Working with education ministries, district education officers and school staff, and within the framework of the national curricula, EIP accents Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), Information Communication Technology (ICT), and English. It aims to develop competencies such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication, required for full participation in economic, social, and cultural life in the 21st Century.